Miss USA 2014 1st Runner-Up Audra Mari in one of her latest photoshoots
That memorable picture of Audra Mari and Nia Sanchez - last two women standing during Miss USA 2014
Since Miss USA 2015 will be chosen in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Sunday night (Morning in Manila
), I thought of doing a Senti feature on the part-Filipino Miss North Dakota 2014 who gave Nia Sanchez one tough competition during last year’s finals and ended up getting 1st Runner-Up honors.
When Audra Mari competed during Miss USA 2014, she wasn’t really one of the hottest favorites to make it. At the onset, that is. But as weeks progressed, pre-pageant watchers started to take notice of this girl from Fargo who is slowly becoming a solid performer. And the minute she took her stage turns during Preliminaries, everyone is in agreement that she is definitely a major contender.
Watch her Hot Seat interview during the competition now.
courtesy of Miss USA
Audra with her Filipino grandfather Justo
It was no secret that Audra had that all-important Filipino connection that made her all the more interesting to Fil-Ams and Filipino pageant fans everywhere. She is particularly fond of her grandfather Justo (right photo
), a retired surgeon originally from Alaminos, Pangasinan.
To know Audra behind the state crown and all the pageant works, here is a video to watch about her life in Fargo, North Dakota. She spent the day with Siri Joy Freeh (a former Miss Minnesota) where she detailed most of her life over burgers, go-karts and laser tag.
courtesy of Siri Freeh
So will another Fil-Am conquer the Miss USA 2015 stage tonight? Will Maureen Montagne do one notch better than Audra Mari and finally win that coveted new crown by DIC?
Let’s all wait and see if things will go in the favor of Miss Arizona.
Watch Miss USA 2015 on Reelz Channel or via Live Streaming on missusa.com.